Cal Baseball Announces 2019 Schedule
Challenging Nonconference Slate Set To Prepare Bears For Always-Tough Pac-12
"We're excited for the schedule we've put together because we feel like it strikes a great balance between good road tests and great home series for our fans to enjoy," Neu said. "A challenging non-conference schedule will help get us ready for another competitive year in the Pac-12 and give us a chance to bring a young group together right away. We're looking forward to the season that lies ahead."
A young group of Bears will test itself on the road first in 2019 as Cal will play 12 of its first 14 games away from Evans Diamond. That stretch will begin with a trip to the greater Phoenix area as the Bears open with games against Cal State Bakersfield, Pepperdine, Northwestern and BYU at both Tempe Diablo Stadium, the spring training home of the Los Angeles Angels, and Grand Canyon Ballpark.
After a trip to Cal Poly in week two, the Bears return to Berkeley to make their home debut in a unique home and home series with East Bay neighbor Saint Mary's. Cal will host the first two games of the series on Feb. 28 and March 1 and the Bears will head through the Caldecott Tunnel to play the final two games of the series on March 2 and 3 at Louis Guisto Field in Moraga.
Cal's final weekend tune-up for Pac-12 play comes in Baton Rouge, La. when the Bears travel to Alex Box Stadium to take on LSU. The series, which is set for March 8-10, represents the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
After a visit from San Jose State on March 12, the Pac-12 season gets underway when USC visits Evans Diamond from March 15-17. San Francisco completes the brief homestand with a non-conference game on March 19 and then it's back on the road for the Bears as they travel to Corvallis, Ore. To take on defending national champion Oregon State from March 22-24.
Cal's longest homestand of the season begins March 29-31 when perennial Big West title contender Long Beach State comes to town for the Bears' final non-conference series of the season. Pac-12 play resumes on April 5-7 with a visit from Washington State and New Mexico comes through on April 8 for a single non-conference contest.
The next two weeks will be spent south of Berkeley with Pac-12 trips to Arizona and UCLA keeping Cal on the road for back-to-back weeks. A five-game homestand kicks off April 23 against Sacramento State, continues April 26-28 against Oregon and concludes April 29 against BYU.
After a trip to Utah and a mid-week trek across the Bay to take on San Francisco, the season's home stretch kicks into gear with a visit from rival Stanford on May 10-12. Arizona State comes to town for the final home series of the season May 17-19 and the Bears close out the regular season from May 23-25 at Washington.
Fans will have several chances to catch Cal baseball on Pac-12 Networks with 18 contests scheduled for broadcast. Series against Oregon State, Washington State, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona State and Washington, along with individual home games against San Francisco and BYU, will be shown live.
BERKELEY – A season-opening showcase in Arizona, a trip to one of college baseball's legendary venues and home series against traditional rivals USC and Stanford highlight the Cal baseball team's 2019 schedule announced on Friday by head coach